Real Estate Homeownership Statistics in Kenya (Visualized)

Kenyan Home Ownership Data
Kenyan Home Ownership

Kenyan Homeownership and Rental Trends Revealed in 2019 Census Report

In the latest Census report, it has been unveiled that a substantial number of Kenyans have achieved the dream of homeownership. Out of Kenya’s total population of 47.6 million, a remarkable 7,379,485 Kenyans now own their homes, marking a significant 15.4% of the entire population.

Table 1: Homeownership Statistics in Kenya

Total PopulationHomeownersRental Homes
47.6 million7,379,4854,660,027

Among these homeowners, Kakamega County emerges as the leader, with 369,381 residents proudly owning their homes, while 62,765 residents continue to pay rent. The distinction extends further into the urban and rural divide, with a total of 6,387,020 Kenyans calling rural areas their home, and 992,465 enjoying homeownership in urban settings.

However, the statistics also unveil that a considerable number of Kenyans, totaling 4,660,027, still reside in rental homes. Among them, 3,669,425 are renting houses in urban areas, while 990,602 rent houses in rural regions.

Table 2: Homeownership Distribution by Area

Rural AreasUrban Areas

Notably, Kakamega County stands at the forefront with the highest number of homeowners, closely followed by other counties such as Meru, Kiambu, Bungoma, Machakos, Nakuru, Kisii, Murang’a, Kitui, and Kilifi. On the other hand, the list of Kenyans paying rent includes Nairobi, Kiambu, Nakuru, Mombasa, Kajiado, Uasin Gishu, Machakos, Kisumu, Meru, and Kilifi.

Besides these insights, the Census report also discloses a decline in the average household size, with a decrease from 4.2% in 2009 to 3.9% in 2019. Furthermore, Kenya’s general population has seen growth, surging from 37.7 million in 2009 to a total of 51.3 million in 2023.

Table 3: Census Insights

Average Household Size (2019)General Population Growth
3.9%47.6 million in 2019

The data collected during this Census will play a pivotal role in the government’s efforts to distribute resources across the country effectively. It’s worth noting that President Uhuru Kenyatta commended the team for completing this extensive survey within a mere three months.

These findings shed light on the evolving landscape of homeownership and rental trends in Kenya, providing valuable insights for policymakers and citizens alike.


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